Goffin first for Murray

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: June 20 2014, 15:28 BST

Andy Murray will begin his Wimbledon title defence against Belgian David Goffin - and is in the same half of the draw as Novak Djokovic.

Andy Murray: Could meet Djokovic in the last four
Andy Murray: Could meet Djokovic in the last four

Third seed Murray, who beat Djokovic in last year's final to become the first Briton in 77 years to win the men's singles title at the All England Club, is also facing a potential quarter-final meeting with David Ferrer or Queen's champion Grigor Dimitrov, while Fabio Fognini will be his fourth-round foe if the seedings play out.

Fognini beat Murray on clay in the Davis Cup back in April but would be a huge outsider were they to meet in SW19. A more likely last-16 opponent could be the big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.

Murray will begin his title defence on Centre Court on Monday against Goffin, a player he has never faced before. The Belgian is currently ranked a lowly 104th in the world.

The winner of that clash will face Pablo Andujar or Blaz Rola in round two with Roberto Bautista Agut, the 27th seed, a potential third-round opponent for Murray.

As for Djokovic, seeded first ahead of current world number one Rafael Nadal, he will open against Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev and could meet 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych in the last eight.

Murray's title route

R1: Goffin
R2: Andujar/Rola
R3: Bautista-Agut
R4: Anderson/Fognini
QF: Dimitrov/Ferrer
SF: Djokovic/Berdych
F: Nadal/Federer

Seven-time champion Roger Federer and two-time winner Nadal are on course to meet in the semi-finals on the other side of the draw.

Nadal is in Milos Raonic's quarter, a player who has a poor record on grass, while Federer could meet fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the last eight. The Swiss legend will open his bid for a record eighth title against Paolo Lorenzi on Tuesday.

Nadal, who has won just one match at Wimbledon in the last two years, will face Martin Klizan in round one and could meet his 2012 conqueror Lukas Rosol in the second round.

The other Britons in the draw had mixed results when the balls were pulled out of the bag on Friday morning.

James Ward will face a tough test against world number 16 Mikhail Youzhny, while wild card Dan Smethurst meets big-serving American John Isner, the ninth seed who was famously involved in an 11-hour marathon against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010.

British number two Dan Evans had a better result, drawing Andrey Kuznetsov, teenager Kyle Edmund will meet Andreas Haider-Maurer and Dan Cox faces Jeremy Chardy.